By Duncan Smith
In the wake of the Justice Department’s decision to drop all charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, it seems relevant to remind readers that the retired three-star general and onetime head of the Defense Intelligence Agency was specifically targeted by operatives within the Obama administration.
In a February 2017 story, the Washington Free Beacon, citing several sources, reported that Flynn’s sudden resignation just weeks after President Donald Trump took office was “the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes” to undermine the new president and his administration.
The site reported that the effort to target Flynn was also aimed at preserving the atrocious Iran nuclear deal, which got Flynn into hot water with Obama back in the day because he opposed it from the outset.
The Free Beacon notes:
The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.
The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.
Insiders familiar with the anti-Flynn campaign told the Free Beacon that these Obama loyalists plotted in the months before Trump’s inauguration to establish a set of roadblocks before Trump’s national security team, which includes several prominent opponents of diplomacy with Iran.
Though Flynn took ownership of unintentionally misleading Vice President Mike Pence about a phone conversation Flynn had in December 2016 with Sergey Kisylyak, then the Russian ambassador to the United States, that bears no relationship to the long-planned campaign to deny the retired Army general a chance to work for a president the Obama sycophants despised.
“It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him,” said a veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House team. “This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”
Said a veteran foreign policy insider, the Free Beacon reported: “It’s actually Ben Rhodes, [National Iranian American Council], and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today. They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”
Another source also told the WFB that the leaks surrounding Flynn at the time, all meant to sully his character, were not accidental.
“The drumbeat of leaks of sensitive material related to General Flynn has been building since he was named to his position,” the source said. “The president has lost a valuable adviser and we need to make sure this sort of thing does not happen again.”
Whether it does happen again or not will be up to Attorney General William Barr. But at least for now, Flynn — long targeted by an Obama administration and former president who considered him an Iran liability — has finally gotten some justice.